Do you love spending time with horses, but regret that you can’t also spend that time with your family? Horses and family don’t have to be mutually exclusive – in fact, there are many horse-related activities that your whole family can take part in. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
A Day at the Races
Take your family to a local racetrack for a day of fun and learning. Children can’t help but be entertained by all of the sights and sounds, and make sure that you visit the paddock where you can see the horses up close. If you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at a bet or two. The racetrack can be a great day outing for the whole family.
A Family Trail Ride
Looking for something more hands-on than a racetrack visit? Then look for a local stable which offers guided trail rides. Many stables take visitors out on the trails, and you don’t even need to know how to ride. Make sure that your children are old enough to participate, and look for a stable which has a good reputation for using quality horses and providing positive experiences.
A Horse-Related Vacation
If you want to get away from it all, think about going on a horse-related vacation. There are plenty of resorts and ranches where riding is one of the daily activities offered. And if your entire family doesn’t want to ride every day, there are usually tons of activities to choose from.
Equine Assisted Learning
Equine assisted learning is a growing practice that your family could potentially benefit from. Equine assisted learning uses horses to teach you about yourself, your weaknesses, and your behaviors. You can learn how to better function in a group, and your whole family might enjoy a session.
Sleigh or Carriage Rides
If you ever have the opportunity, definitely go for a sleigh or carriage ride. Look for a sleigh or carriage big enough so that your whole family can go for a ride, and be sure to bring your camera along to capture the experience.
A Trip to an Animal Rescue
Consider taking a trip to a local animal rescue. Your family can see all sorts of animals in need of homes, and can learn about the importance of proper care for each of the animals. For added fun, look into volunteering for an animal rescue.
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What horse-related activities does your family enjoy taking part in?